The new Southern region serves passengers and freight operators from Devon in the West to Kent in the East and links Wessex, Sussex and Kent as well as Network Rail High Speed.
With over 5,800 employees, the Southern region is responsible for more than 700 million passenger journeys each year. Over the next five years the region will invest £6.3 billion to operate, maintain and renew the railway. Over 7000 passenger and freight services operate on the region every week day – more than a third of Britain’s rail services. We move over 266,000 tonnes of freight each week and own and maintain 3,300 miles of track, 4986 bridges, 895 level crossings and 7990 signals.
The Southern region links major towns and cities including Bournemouth, Southampton, Portsmouth, Brighton, Canterbury, Ashford and Dover. The region is critical to London’s transport south of the Thames, and is responsible for the major London stations of Waterloo, Clapham Junction, London Bridge, Victoria, Charing Cross and Cannon Street.
We operate the busiest and most congested rail lines in the country, transporting large numbers of commuters to London and other employment hubs. We serve channel routes to Europe, major ports and Gatwick and Southampton airports, and we transport large numbers of leisure travellers to south coast resorts and other tourist destinations.
Managing director, Southern region
Southern region in numbers
- 700 million annual rail passenger journeys
- Over 7,000 passenger and freight services every weekday – more than a third of Britain’s rail services
- Southern region moves over 266,000 tonnes of freight, using nearly 500 freight train movements, each week
- We own and maintain 3,300 miles of track, 4,986 bridges, 895 level crossings and 7,990 signals
Routes in Southern Region
We are dedicated to putting passengers first and to delivering a step-change in the quality of the service we provide them. Key projects include:
- Transforming the passenger experience at our managed stations through our ‘one team’ approach with train operators
- Redeveloping Gatwick Airport station to provide more capacity
- Unblocking bottlenecks at Croydon and Woking
- Major re-signalling schemes to bring us into the 21st century
- Major investment to improve the resilience of the railway across the region
- Working with the Department for Transport and third-party investors to deliver passenger improvements.
Engineers carry out infrastructure improvements across South West London, Hampshire, Surrey and Wiltshire in busy December
At one of the Wessex route’s busiest stations, Guildford, engineers worked a total of 150 hours between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve to repair, refurbish and strengthen Farnham Road Overbridge, which spans six tracks…
Railway line between Epsom and Ewell West to reopen on Monday, 6 January
The landslip occurred on Saturday, 14 December, following heavy rainfall. Engineers assessed the damage and found the saturated embankment had failed. The ground beneath the track dropped, meaning it was not safe to run trains….